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35th Annual Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

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Event History

Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Past jurors include: JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, CA, Perry Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Janet McCall retired director of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburg, PA, and Beth C. McLaughlin of the Fuller Craft in Brockton, MA, and Pablo Barrera of the Oklahoma Contemporary.

What Makes this event different?

Our exhibition will focus on the evolution and innovation of contemporary craft. Works that will be selected by the juror will showcase beauty and also risks taken in their technical design. The exhibit will feature what artists are creating now, what stories are they telling now. We encourage all artists to apply who are using their artwork to tell stories that maybe haven't been heard in a traditional gallery setting before and using techniques and methods to create their art that doesn't follow a traditional script.

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Artists retain the copyright to the artwork.

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Images shared with the Arts Council will be used in a catalog, a digital exhibition, and advertising for calls for future exhibitions.

The Greater Denton Arts Council is proud to present the 35th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. The exhibition is recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The show celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media.

The competition is open to national & international artists. The 35th anniversary exhibition expands two galleries, both the Meadows Gallery and the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in downtown Denton, Texas. Artwork will be included in a printed catalog and online exhibition.

2022 Juror is Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. Aguiñiga is the founder of Art Made Between Opposite Sides, She is represented by the Volume Gallery in Chicago. Learn more about Aguiñiga at

Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 13.

Exhibition will run May 27-August 27, 2022.

Entry fee is $30 for GDAC members and $35 for non-members. There are scholarships available for first-time applicants to cover the entry fee. Information is available on the call website. Deadline for scholarship applications is January 12, 2022.

Details about the scholarships & the entry process can be found at

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